real wedding: alternative vintage wedding {nina & martin}

Remember this quirky, cute couple from yesterday’s funfair love shoot? Well, today I am thrilled to share their frankly amazing, unique, fun, gorgeous and creative wedding!  Groom Martin is a talented graphic designer, and so created a whole ‘brand’ for their wedding that reflected their personalities and love of vintage treasures in a modern-retro style!  Bride Nina wore a stunning vintage lace dress, teamed with a chic birdcage veil to add a retro-bridal twist to her outfit.  The attention to detail is second to none, of course, with fun and colourful flowers arranged in a collection of old vases and bottles, and the most amazing stationery weaving their theme throughout the whole day. The fun was captured by photographer Britta Schunck.

For the rather tumultuous story of how they met and how Nina proposed (yes, she did!) check out their sweet engagament shoot.  Here’s Nina with their wedding story ~

We did not want to have our party in a city venue but somewhere in the countryside and so we quickly opted for the cosy Cafe del Sol, which is situated near the Rhine in an idyllic nature reserve. The owner’s last name  was Sunshine, and so of course we decided to honour him in our wedding!

My husband was quite surprised that I was wearing a white dress, because we wanted to marry a little differently from other people. On the other hand, the longer I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of wearing a white vintage dress. My dress was made to measure – with the assistance of my aunt, so that I felt more than happy. My button bouquet was a DIY project that I designed to coordinate with our day.

We had lots of ideas from the beginning. A traditional wedding with white chair covers, a traditional wedding ceremony and a set meal were out of the question. We wanted one thing above all: FUN. Our guests were meant to experience an unforgettable day, enjoy themselves and dance as if there were no tomorrow. Since my husband and I are great fans of the 1970’s lifestyle and like to go hunting for retro treasures at flea markets, it soon became obvious: our wedding would be retro-vintage style: we started collecting old vases: big, small, medium-sized, simple, broken or still intact. It did not matter. We only wanted them to have charm and fit the occasion. At best they were meant to give our guests a feeling of having a history of their own. We also collected all sorts of empty bottles: wine bottles, champagne  bottles, ketchup bottles. We decorated them with bright ribbons, roses and laces. Additionally we filled marmalade jars with brightly coloured sweets.

My husband is a gifted and creative graphic designer. During a wine-tasting evening in a relaxed atmosphere we designed the layout for our invitation cards, which later met with great approval and praise. Since we got quite enthusiastic about our designs, we made the menus, place cards for the tables and thank you notes all in the same manner. We finally had come up with a wedding “brand”! All the table decor was DIY projects, and we had also prepared little buttons for each guest with an inscription that was meant to characterize them, thus funny conversations were sure to start. Additionally there was a vintage style portrait for everyone, an aspirin for the obligatory headache afterwards, and a paper tissue for all the tears of joy.

Though my husband and I are quite sweet, we did not want a sweet wedding cake. Knowing our meat-loving friends, we wanted to delight them with something more solid: a minced meat pie with onions. Many of our guests told us afterwards that the pie was THE highlight of the evening.

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

At first we wanted to back out, since we are no fans of traditional schmaltzy music. But we finally reached a compromise with our DJ who put on Jack Rabbit Slim’s Twist from Pulp Fiction, and so we managed to trip the light fantastic, which produced an ecstatic atmosphere!

Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?

Just stay relaxed  :)



Photographer: Britta Schunck // Venue & Catering: Café del Sol Düsseldorf // Dress: Made by the bride’s aunt // Shoes: Siemes // Birdcage Veil & headpiece: DIY // Hair & Makeup (Bride): Engel & Helden // Groom’s suit: Peek & Cloppenburg // Groom’s shoes: Lloyd // Hair (groom): Oliver Undorf // Flowers: DIY // Stationery & Design: DIY by the groom //  DJ: Rainer Lucas // DIY resources: button machine by Evergreen


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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